Sparsh Leprosy awareness camp held at Anantnag, G’bal

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Anantnag, Ganderbal: An awareness camp on Sparsh Leprosy was held on Wednesday in Anantnag and Ganderbal. It is observed every year on January 30.

In Anantnag, camp was organsed by District Leprosy Society at Mirza Mohammad Afzal Beig Memorial District Hospital here. The Additional District Development Commissioner, Anantnag Riyaz Ahmad Sofi was the chief guest on the occasion. He said that leprosy is a chronic infectious disease traced back thousands of years that has stigmatised people affected since ancient times until now. “This disability caused by this crippling disease does not affect lives of a person affected with leprosy but whole family of same. Hence, in order to address the issue of high level of stigma attached to leprosy,” he stated.

He stressed upon various departments including Health, Education, ICDS & Civil Society to mobilize village and urban committees for the eradication of the diseases. He said that the leprosy diseases is totally curable at all stages and is not a communicable disease. Signs and symptoms help to detect the leprosy cases.

The CMO, Anantnag Dr. Mukthar Ahmad Shah & Deputy CMO, Anantnag on the occasion said that only three patients of the district are suffering from leprosy and they are being provided free of cost medicines for six months and twelve months. The District Leprosy Committee Organizes awareness programmes in district hospitals as well as in all Medical Blocks of the district to deduct hidden cases and to reduce stigma osculation with diseases. Multi Drug Therapy (MDT) is available free of cost at all government hospitals of the district.

In Ganderbal, camp was inaugurated by Mohmmad Yaseen Lone, Joint Director and was organized by District Health Society.

A rally of Health Workers and Asha’s was conducted by CMO Ganderbal from Qamiria Higher Secondary Educational Institute Ganderbal to CMO Office complex carrying placards, banners pleading awareness about the disease.

While highlighting the importance of this camp, Yaseen Lone stressed on creating proper awareness for self-reporting, timely diagnosis and complete MDT treatment of leprosy cases which is crucial for ultimate eradication of the disease at District and Block Level. He also directed concerned institutions like Department of Education, Social Welfare Department, Panchayati Raj Institutions, NOG’s and other voluntary organizations to play their role in Sparsh leprosy campaign.